STP 15: Chemistry and Crime

Writing Assignment 1

January 4, 2000

This writing assignment will be done outside class, and is due at the beginning of class on Friday, January 7. "Daubert v Merrell Dow" and "Capillary electrophoresis and Daubert" provide background information to explain why the courts have modified the standards of admissibility of scientific evidence. Read these articles, which are on reserve in the library.

Examine the case about Dr. Jascalevich (one reading on reserve in the library and pp. 157-164 in Baden), and write a paper (2-3 pages double-spaced) evaluating whether the evidence described would be admissible based on the Daubert guidelines.

You are free to use additional sources as references for your essay. You should not summarize the readings, but should address the topic. Remember to use good grammar, with proper credit given for all sources used (including your textbook). You may need to consult The Bedford Handbook for Writers about appropriate documentation formats.